Earlier this week Michael Barnier, a Member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Services, gave a speech, Making European copyright fit for purpose in the age of internet. In it he discussed whether the EU legal framework related to copyright was “fit for the digital age”. He said that although “it remains largely valid today”, it does require some recallibration so that it remains “a modern and effective tool”.
He outlined four principles to be kept in mind in formulating changes that may be necessary.
First, the copyright framework must facilitate the access of all Europeans to their heritage.